Source: Padres trade Kouzmanoff to A's
Aaron Cunningham
Aaron Cunningham
MadFriars.com
Posted Jan 15, 2010


A source close to the San Diego Padres has confirmed that third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has been traded to the Oakland A's. The A's will also receive minor league second baseman Eric Sogard. In exchange, the Friars will receive outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham.

Scott Hairston, a former San Diego Padre, hit .236 across 60 games with Oakland and hit .299 in 56 games with the Padres before being dealt to Oakland.

“We are excited to bring Scott back to San Diego,” said Hoyer. “As he has shown over the past three seasons, he is a versatile outfielder who provides the type of right-handed power that can perform in PETCO Park. Additionally, this trade not only brings in a quality young player in Aaron Cunningham but it also allows us to construct our lineup in a way that maximizes the potential of the young talent already on the roster."

Aaron Cunningham hit .302 with 11 homers and a .851 OPS across 83 games. He also saw time in Oakland where he hit .151 across 23 games.

A dislocated shoulder cost him a month early in the season.

When Cunningham returned, he was with the River Cats for only two weeks before getting the call to Oakland. Cunningham would spend three-and-a-half weeks with the A’s, but his playing time was sporadic, as collected only 46 at-bats in 12 games. He didn’t fare well, batting only .152 with a homer. He would get only seven more at-bats with the A’s the rest of the season.

Cunningham immediately impressed the A’s coaching staff with a strong performance at major league spring training. Unfortunately for Cunningham, that performance was cut short by a broken wrist he suffered during the final month of camp. The wrist injury cost him five weeks of the regular season, but once he was healthy, he was one of the most productive offensive players in the A’s system during 2008. In 107 games between Double-A and Triple-A, Cunningham hit .329 with 17 homers and a 932 OPS. He got an audition with the A’s in late-August and September and hit .250 with a homer and 14 RBIs over 22 games.

“Cunningham just needs his at-bats," Sacramento manager Tony DeFrancesco said during the season. "When he drives the ball to the opposite field, it seems like it gets him going. He has shown some power and better consistency, but he still needs to cut back on his strike-outs and his defense is still improving. His arm strength needs to continue to improve, but it looks like he has a bright future in front of him."

Cunnigham has 130 major league at-bats - three more than rookie eligibility allows.

Eric Sogard hit .293 with a 58-to-47 walk-to-strikeout ratio with Double-A San Antonio in 2009. The second baseman was on the heels of former first-rounder Matt Antonelli on the depth chart, and some believed he deserved a chance to supplant Antonelli in Triple-A Portland.

Sogard is seen as a Todd Walker type hitter that lacks range defensively but is gap-hitter with great contact rates.

"Another guys that’s prepared, not only his baseball, but his whole routine," San Antonio hitting coach Orv Franchuck said. "Every day when he get to the park, his whole life is very, when he wakes up in the morning from the time he goes to bed, he’s got a little bit of a routine and he’s got a schedule and he eats well and he works out and he eats protein and all that stuff. He’s just a guy that’s on a mission, it’s almost like, ‘I’m going to do this and I’m going to do it the right way and I’m going to get there.’ That’s where he’s at.

"Defensively, he needs to work on his agility a little bit. His range could be a little bit better. I think that a good agility program in the off-season, which he’s going to do, that would really help him."

Kevin Kouzmanoff hit .255 with 18 home runs and a career-high 88 RBI. He set a new fielding record when he committed just just three errors at third base, posting a .990 fielding percentage.

Chase Headley will take over at his natural position of third base. Headley had moved to the outfield to accommodate Kouzmanoff.



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